About the Marriage and Family Therapy Program

The Marriage and Family Program prepares students to work with individuals, couples, and families in a variety of clinical settings. The program requires 48 semester hours and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).The deadline for admission into the Fall 2019 cohort is February 1, 2019. Apply to the MFT Masters of Arts Program. 

MFT Interview Dates Scheduled

On-campus interviews will take place on February 8th and February 22nd for Fall 2019 cohort admissions. A third interview date may be scheduled in March as needed. Appications are due no later than February 1st, and early applications are encouraged. 

MFT Program Open House for Prospective Students

The MFT Program hosted an Open House on October 19. Prospective students met with faculty and current students. Attendees traveled from FL, SC, TN, AL, and around NC. View the flyer

5 MFT Students Admitted to PhD. Programs

We are pleased to celebrate the 5 App State MFT students who were admitted into Ph.D. Programs for fall 2018. Congratulations to Deniesha Poe (Virginia Tech), Tatjana Farley (Florida State), Stephanie Cooke (Virginia Tech), Lorin Kelly (Kansas State), and Chélynn Randolph (Florida State). 


SAMFT Conference: Trauma-Informed Care

The Student Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (SAMFT) hosted the annual fall conference on October 5th. Featured speaker Janelle Johnson, MA, LMFT, founder of Bridges Family Life Center, PLLC,  presented on Trauma-Informed Care for couples and families. Thank you to conference organizers, SAMFT Co-Presidents Francesca Otero-Vargas and Debby Vargas. 

Systemic Multicultural Counseling Certificate

The Marriage and Family Therapy program offers a certificate in Systemic Multicultural Counseling. Applications are reviewed for fall and spring admission. Learn more about the  Multicultural Systemic Counseling Certificate

MFT Social Justice in Action Fund

We are pleased to announce the new Marriage and Family Therapy Social Justice in Action Fund: a new type of assistance created to financially support accepted students from underrepresented populations into AppState's MFT program.

Contribute to the Social Justice in Action Fund

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MFT Students Attend AAMFT Conference in Louisville, KY

Ten App State MFT students attended the AAMFT Conference November 16-18 in Louisville, KY. Students attended workshops and keynote talks, networked with MFTs from across the country, and some met with potential PhD program representatives. 

MFT Students and Faculty Present at NCFR Conference

MFT students Francesca Otero-Vargas and Kathleen Smith presented with Dr. Kristen Benson at the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) conference in San Diego, CA. Research Team Lead Otero-Vargas, research team member Smith, and Primary Investigator Dr. Benson addressed accountability practices when conducting research with transgender communities which do not reflect researchers’ own identities. They presented the research design for the project titled: Personal Experiences of NC HB2 Legislative Discourse. The NCFR Conference took place November 7-10, 2018. 

MFT Students and Faculty meet with NC legislators

MFT students Carmen Gray and Daniel Swiger, and MFT faculty Dr. Kristen Benson attended Graduate Education Lobby Day in Raleigh, NC.  The group visited with Senator Deanna Ballard, Representative Joyce Wadell, and Representative Jonathan Jordan. The Marriage and Family Therapy and Community Mental Health Counseling programs were recognized during a NC House session. 


MFT Program receives HRSA Grant to Fund Clinical Interns

Internship stipends are available to students in their internship year, which are funded by a Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals and Paraprofessionals grant award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The goal of the grant is to provide behavioral services to children and youth living in rural Appalachian communities and expand the number of licensed MFTs working in these underserved areas. The stipend amount provided to each recipient is $10,000 over the course of their 12 month internship.

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